Showing posts from 2019

A John and Mary morning

Good coffee, good chats, very good company, good mornings. And up until the last warm breeze is gone the porch is our destination.

Mary learns to use a gimbal

One of the gizmos john has added to my life is the gimbal. As you will see he takes every opportunity (even a funeral dinner) to get me started. I must admit the gimbal is quite nice for getting a steady picture. And as you will also see, there is a learning curve with the directional button. Hee hee!

Hot tub in the rain

Since a child, John has loved the Japanese hot tub “ofuro" and has tried different outside hot tubs. He has now perfected, for the time being, this one made out of an animal stock tank.

Day Trippin

John and I take a trip to Port Washington to see if there are any delicious apples on a tree we found last year. Not shown in the video but we found a bunch of treasures at one of our favorite thrift stores.

Coffee time

Little rituals that make for happy life.

Ben and Taylors Wedding Transcript

Ben and Taylors Wedding Officiated by John Johnston (Known as Ben's Dad) Invocation Dear friends and family, tonight we are to witness and celebrate the union of Benjamin and Taylor. In the years that they have been together, their love for each other has grown, turning them into the couple you see before you.  Now, they are ready to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife. A true marriage begins well before the wedding day, and the efforts of marriage continue well beyond the ceremony.  A brief moment in time and the stroke of the pen are all that is required to create the legal bond of marriage, but it takes a lifetime of love, commitment, and compromise to make marriage durable and everlasting.  Today you declare your commitment to each other before family and friends.
Dad’s speech

I am greatly honored as Ben’s dad to be asked to do this. The name Johnston is supposed to mean John’s son. Well in our house we do it wrong. I am known as Ben’s dad. I’m not going to chan…

Ben & Taylor Wedding

On Sept 20, 2019 Ben and Taylor were married in Black River.

To get this up quickly: This is a raw upload with no editing for sound so you may to have turn volume up and down as it goes.

Mary's Cart

This video gives you a little history behind what John is now calling Mary's Cart.
John has been biking and building bike and hand carts for most of our married life (As of today 44 years).
When we lived in Japan, John built a special bike cart to see if we could do a complete household move by bike. Yes even in Japan that was a strange sight.
After hundreds of hours of research and testing he thinks he came up with the ultimate design that even an inexperienced person could build.
Thus he called on me to make it. You can see those videos at:

Rose Petal Honey sweety

I had a real treat for breakfast today. I spread some homemade rose petal honey on my toast. The fragrant petals came from my garden. I have about 24 rose plants. I used to be a rose snob and only allowed the scented ones on the property. Now however, I appreciate each for their own uniqueness.

Make sure you don't use any roses that have been sprayed. I know, you don't want those pesky bugs eating them but share a bit and you get the rest. I don't even apply the bug killer to the soil that lasts for a few months. I used to and did have good success with my roses. But for this time when I use the roses in my honey and products, I will hold off. You can thank me now.

Okay, it's really easy to make this honey:
Pick a bunch of Rose Petals. Wild rose, domesticated, rugosa… any fragrant rose will do.Fill any size jar with the petals. Make it a light pack. Not too few, but not in really tight either.Pour honey into the jar until it is full. Cap the jar.Turn the jar over every…

What to do on a cold cold day

I love all things that sparkle. Here is a fun project for you, the kids, you and the kids.

Brought to you by nature's freezer. And we have had our share of it here in Wisconsin!

A Frugal Prosumer Day

A short video showing a typical day at our Frugal Prosumer house. its one of our older videos on old equipment. In electronic years forever ago. Bear with the Blurry.

Mary does Plantain

Collecting and using Plantain in our yard.
Plantain is one of our most used herbs. I have been using if for about forty some years mostly in a salve by itself or with a few other herbs. Just fresh out of the ground it will stop the pain of a bug sting or bite and help heal up a cut. It's pleasantly plentiful in our yard.

Mary Does Sprouts

We have been growing all kinds of sprouts for over 30 years. We have done it many different ways and trying all kinds of kits but we always come back to the simple and cheapest way. Using canning jars. Let show you how we do it.

Here is a video on how we do it.

Sprouts are very young plants. They are grown for about a week, and eaten while they still have many of the nutritional reserves for growth. They have been called a miracle food and nature’s most perfect food.

Sprouts are very inexpensive (even when organic), always fresh (they grow until you chew them) and have the potential to help solve hunger and malnutrition problems in our communities and in developing countries. The are rich in nutrients, affordable, and easy to transport before sprouting. Sprouts are precious in winter, whenthe quality of fresh fruits and vegetables is declining as their price increases. Low Cost- Only 25 to 50 cents per pound of greens!Organic Greens- all year round, in any climate, everywhere.Healthy- No…